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With What Bitcoin Did, host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin, economics and politics. From developers to investors, journalists to authors, you will learn about everything in the world of Bitcoin.

What Bitcoin Did with Peter McCormack Peter McCormack

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With What Bitcoin Did, host Peter McCormack talks to experts in the world of Bitcoin, economics and politics. From developers to investors, journalists to authors, you will learn about everything in the world of Bitcoin.

    America’s Role in the New World Order with Natalie Smolenski

    America’s Role in the New World Order with Natalie Smolenski

    “People have forgotten what a freedom to transact means…without having to involve a third party intermediary, without having to prove my identity to some panopticon, without having to demonstrate that I’m a good and loyal subject. No, the government is subject to me, I am the source of sovereignty, you are the source of sovereignty. So let’s take that back.”— Natalie Smolenski
    Natalie Smolenski is an Executive Director of the Texas Bitcoin Foundation and a Fellow at the Bitcoin Policy Institute. In this interview, we discuss why America needs to be re-found. We talk about the self-destructive impacts of striving for supremacy, what the American project stands for, trying to build solidarity across the divide, and the importance of Bitcoin.
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    The great irony of the twentieth century is that in winning the cold war America has lost its way. Far from the defeat of the Soviet Union being a stepping stone to cementing US hegemonic power, within a generation, we are seeing a fracturing of the global order and the decline of western liberal democracies. The importance of the American dream as a projection of soft power has waned.
    In the face of a multi-polar world and a wave of significant issues that need urgent action, politicians are losing confidence in trying to win the battle of ideas. The race seems to be about winning the battle of technology without going bankrupt. Optimism and hope have been replaced by cold strategic pragmatism.
    Endless wars have dulled Americans’ enthusiasm for being that shining city on the hill. But, is this myopic thinking? The long lens of history shows that the projection of America as a beacon of hope was through manifestations of the principles of liberty, equality and justice on which the country was founded. America became a magnet for the strivers of the world. Can it become so again?
    What is clear is that prior to renewing its confidence as a global power that champions freedom, America needs to heal the domestic divides. A nation needs to be united internally if it is to thwart external threats. This means finding new ways to engage and identifying new leaders to take ideas forward. It also means embracing again the old ways of thinking: that America’s “glory is not dominion, but liberty.”
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    -----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Rise & Fall of the Russian Empire with Michael Malice

    The Rise & Fall of the Russian Empire with Michael Malice

    “Many of these organisations that were carrying the water for this nightmare regime are still in place today…the New York Times, which did everything in its power to obscure Stalin’s starvation of millions of Ukrainians, is still the paper of record. It’s the Atlantic, it’s the New Republic; this isn’t metaphors or analogies, it’s literally the same organisations.”— Michael Malice
    Michael Malice is an anarchist, author, and podcaster. In this interview, we discuss his latest book, The White Pill: A Tale of Good and Evil. It charts the rise and fall of Russia, its insidious evilness, how western intellectuals supported and justified the communist state from afar, and why it is impossible for those in the west to comprehend how pervasive a totalitarian regime can be.
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    Ask anyone to name the evilest empires in history and it is highly unlikely that the Soviet Union will be anyone’s first suggestion. And yet, the regime is estimated to have killed 61 million people during the 20th century, most of them by Stalin. It is called democide, the mass murder of citizens by their own government, and the Soviets are history’s worst.
    The killings of people throughout the Soviet empire took various forms but included executions, famine, forced labour, starvation, mass deportations and massacres. Human life was cheap, and nobody was immune from the wicked regime. And, in addition to the violence, the state employed an all-encompassing oppression of its citizens, involving surveillance, censorship, and fear.
    The reality of the Russian Communist State was maintained well beyond the moment it should have ceased functioning, chiefly because everyone had been brainwashed, from workers to the leaders. That this fairytale was a sham couldn’t be hidden forever, and once the facade started to give it didn’t take long for the whole edifice to crumble away to dust.
    So why has the evilness of the Soviet Union been downplayed in the west? There are many reasons, but an intellectual affinity for communist ideals is the root cause. Western intellectuals were often in favour of the Soviet Union and its goals of creating a socialist utopia, and many supported the idea of the state as a progressive force. This attitude was rife in the 1930s, but, it still has centres of support today.
    That a massive country can rapidly change its governance structure, inflicting violence and fear on millions and millions of people, and maintain its position for decades despite corruption, abuses and stagnation, is a salient tale for us all. Notably, as many of the cultural elites defended the regime from afar, and, that this story has been largely forgotten.
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    -----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    From Paralysis to Bitcoin with Kale Hyder

    From Paralysis to Bitcoin with Kale Hyder

    “When we made that drive home, we got home, we got in the driveway. And when we were in the driveway I was crying because it was a realisation that, at that point, I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to accomplish in those six weeks where I thought I was just going to walk out.”— Kale Hyder
    Kale Hyder works in an investment bank. In this interview, we discuss how his life 7 years ago changed on a dime: a rare spinal inflammation led an aspiring high school basketball player to have to deal with becoming quadriplegic. We talk about the physical and mental rehabilitation, and how, with the help of others, he’s found direction, purpose and happiness.
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    Think about what you’re going to be doing next week. Are you working or studying? Will you be engaging in hobbies? Do you have any household chores that need completing? What social plans do you have? We all plan for the future and accept it as a given, but that’s not always the case. For Kale Hyder, all of his future plans were wiped away overnight.
    One week he was at high school, studying, playing basketball & planning for his future, the next, he was unable to move. Panic and disbelief led to a hospital visit and tests and a diagnosis: transverse myelitis. Spinal inflammation. And that was it, Kale was paralysed. Life changed. Forever.
    Cases like Kyle’s are rare, and the causes aren’t properly understood, but it results in irreparable damage to nerves in the body’s communication highway. The damage Kale was left with was made worse by where the inflammation was in his body. Kale’s spinal cord swelled at the base of his neck, and he became a quadriplegic, he could no longer move any of his limbs.
    In this fascinating discussion, we talk about the long process of treatment and rehabilitation, learning to redevelop basic skills, how the body adapts and reconfigures itself, and the need for mechanical aids to perform functions previously taken for granted. Kale also opens up about depression, frustration and resignation.
    It’s a story about acceptance and finding new paths. It’s a story of realisation and insight. Happiness and fulfilment found in unexpected places. It is uplifting to hear such wisdom from someone who’s had to face the worst that life has to offer. It is a story that ends up with Bitcoin, but it is not a Bitcoin story.
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    The Great Uprising with Vivek Ramaswamy

    The Great Uprising with Vivek Ramaswamy

    “Every species that becomes sentient and develops “When you tell people they cannot speak, that is when they scream. But when you tell people they cannot scream, that is when they tear things down.”— Vivek Ramaswamy
    Vivek Ramaswamy is an entrepreneur and author. In this interview, we discuss his thesis that social and political struggles are rooted in the rise of a managerial class dominating society at the expense of everyday citizens. We also talk about the need to revive a binding national identity, and how the social justice movement may be causing more harm than good.
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    Public choice theory influenced a generation of conservatives around the world in the 1970s and 80s. In essence, the theory applied economic thinking to political behaviour. It undermined the notion of public interest: it was a nebulous irrelevance in relation to public policy as all individuals, including politicians and bureaucrats, work in their own self-interest.
    What resulted was the development of a managerial class that would be incentivized to achieve specific aims through monetary rewards. This class has grown since the 1980s to now represent, in some people’s views, an oversized controlling force within society. However, their decision-making is increasingly outside of the purview and influence of ordinary citizens.
    Vivek Ramaswamy believes this friction between managers and everyday people is at the root of the current social and political struggles within society. Exacerbating these tensions are increasing incidents of managers being coopted by elites to do their bidding, undermining constitutional norms. Vivek believes that we are now at a defining moment when the defining principles of political organisation need to be reviewed.
    The ideals and principles of the United States, as laid out in the constitution, became a unifying force around which a vibrant national identity was developed. This, until very recently, facilitated and supported American hegemony. But, in short order, that binding sense of a united vision has been replaced by factionalised ideologies that threaten the viability of the American experiment.
    The fundamental issue is that the notion of Americanism has been allowed to wither. Vivek believes that to combat China and meet the other great challenges of our age, America must find again a shared national identity that eclipses current partisan divisions. In essence, the US must retrace its steps before venturing forward.
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Bitcoin Security + the Future of AI with Jameson Lopp

    Bitcoin Security + the Future of AI with Jameson Lopp

    “Every species that becomes sentient and develops technology that is sufficient to start creating signals that propagate through the universe, eventually also hits this inflexion point, which we may be close to, wherein the power of the technology becomes uncontrollable, and they destroy themselves for one of a million different reasons.”— Jameson Lopp
    Jameson Lopp is the co-founder & CTO of Casa. In this interview, we discuss why Casa has extended custody support to Ethereum, important security lessons from the Luke Dashir hack, Bitcoin security & inheritance planning, and how AI came of age in 2022 with the release of ChatGPT.
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    Last year provided the most brutal examples of why “not your keys, not your coin” should be the first thing anyone new to the ecosystem learns. Dave Portney’s infamous tweet questioning where his Bitcoin was after FTX blew up, showed how generally unaware people are of the risks associated with exchanges, and the importance of custody in relation to ownership.
    However, there are also those who quite reasonably need greater protection than that offered by a hardware wallet. There are many examples of people losing access to their Bitcoin held off-exchange. Further, the hacking of Luke Dashir’s security setup shows the risks of bespoke security solutions. This is where Casa comes in - providing multisig custody solutions for Bitcoin holders.
    Casa has now extended its service provision to Ethereum. For Bitcoin maximalists this may be viewed as a red line having been crossed. For those who hold Bitcoin and Ethereum, this may provide a practical one-stop shop solution that convinces them to take their holdings (including Bitcoin) off exchanges. There are merits to both sides of the pragmatism versus maximalism argument, which is sure to continue to be debated throughout 2023.
    And yet, history may relegate the significance of the collapses in crypto in 2022 behind last year's massive advances in AI technology. ChatGPT, in particular, has the potential to revolutionise the employment market: online customer services, copywriting, journalism, consulting, academia, computer programming… the disruption to white-collar workers could be unprecedented.
    Despite being less than 2 months old, ChatGPT has led to a pervading wave of excitement and hysteria. It is a wake-up call of how technology can rapidly interrupt the assumed order within society. The issue is that it will be followed not only by advances in its own capabilities, but other technologies will follow in biotechnology, VR, nanotechnology etc. etc. etc. Are we on the edge of the greatest revolution to impact humans?
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    -----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Trapped Inside The Collapse of FTX with Travis Kling

    Trapped Inside The Collapse of FTX with Travis Kling

    “The bad guys are kicking the shit out of the good guys. Look at what just happened, this shit is in shambles right now. The space has this attack vector from intelligent sociopaths, and they’ve done so much damage at this point.”— Travis Kling
    Travis Kling is the Chief Investment Officer at Ikigai. In this interview, we discuss being on the frontline of the FTX collapse: Ikigai had a large majority of its investment funds in FTX when it stopped withdrawals; Travis had a majority of his liquid net worth also stuck in the bankrupt company.
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    2022 will be a defining moment for crypto. In November 2021, the total market valuation was approaching $3 trillion. By the middle of 2022 the market valuation was down to $800 million. UST had depegged in May and caused contagion to ripple through the market: in short order Celsius, 3AC and Voyager all filed for bankruptcy. And yet, the biggest shoe was yet to drop.
    In January 2022 FTX was valued at $32 billion. The August/September issue of Fortune magazine compared FTX’s founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) to Warren Buffet. Commentators, investors and media outlets likened SBF to JP Morgan as he bailed out struggling competitors. He’d been hosted by congressional committees in DC to help shape legislation multiple times. SBF was seemingly untouchable.
    That all changed in November with a rapid fall. On November 2nd CoinDesk reported on concerning balance sheet issues at FTX’s sister company Alameda Research. On November 6th, Binance announced it would liquidate its entire holding of FTX’s FTT token. On November 7th a run on FTX began. On November 8th FTX halted withdrawals. Days later it filed for bankruptcy.
    SBF was orchestrating a years-long fraud of epic proportions. Some in the industry had raised concerns, but many believed the hype. What Bitcoin Did did not have a relationship with FTX, but there are scenarios where that could have been different. Others did have relationships with FTX. For example Travis Kling, who had a large majority of his investment funds and personal liquid net worth stuck in FTX.
    On November 14th Travis posted a Tweet thread: “I have some pretty bad news to share… I lost my investors’ money after they put faith in me to manage risk and I am truly sorry for that. I have publicly endorsed FTX many times and I am truly sorry for that. I was wrong.” This show goes through what happened and reflections on where we go from here. As this show goes live shortly after Genesis filed for bankruptcy, it’s obvious we’re still in the midst of this mess.
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    -----If you enjoy The What Bitcoin Did Podcast you can help support the show by doing the following:Become a Patron and get access to shows early or help contributeMake a tip:Bitcoin: 3FiC6w7eb3dkcaNHMAnj39ANTAkv8Ufi2SQR Codes: BitcoinIf you do send a tip then please email me so that I can say thank youSubscribe on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | SoundCloud | YouTube | Deezer | TuneIn | RSS FeedLeave a review on iTunesShare the show and episodes with your friends and familySubscribe to the newsletter on my websiteFollow me on Twitter Personal | Twitter Podcast | Instagram | Medium | YouTubeIf you are interested in sponsoring the show, you can read more about that here or please feel free to drop me an email to discuss options.

    • 1 hr 37 min

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